How to Apply Cream Foundation

By Celeigh O'Neil

Foundation serves as a base that does everything from even skin tone to conceal blemishes and dark marks. Cream formulas are a prime choice for all skin types. They blend with ease while remaining buildable and create a natural finish. They keep the skin more hydrated than powder formulas, which is important for both dry and oily skin to avoid flaked makeup by midday. Buff on your cream foundation like a pro for the look of naturally flawless skin.

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Use either a flat-topped brush or a wedge sponge to apply cream foundation.

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Using a Sponge or Brush

Step 1

Pour a nickel-sized amount of cream foundation onto the back of your hand. Dip a flat-headed foundation brush or a clean wedge sponge into the product.

Step 2

Pat the foundation onto the center of your nose. Use the brush or sponge to pull the product once upwards until it ends between your eyes. Return to the starting point and drag the foundation until it reaches the center of your left cheek. Repeat, dragging foundation to the center of your right cheek and chin.

Step 3

Blend the product into your skin. Move the foundation brush over your entire face using upwards circular motions, or pat it in with the wedge sponge. This will give the most natural result.

Step 4

Dip your brush or sponge into the foundation on your hand. Apply the foundation in a patting motion over areas that require more coverage, such as under the eyes or blemishes.

Step 5

Apply any product that remains on the brush or sponge to your neck and the edge of your hairline. Use an upwards circular motion to eliminate any harsh lines.

Using Fingertips

Step 6

Pour a nickel-sized amount of foundation onto the back of your wrist.

Step 7

Dip your index finger into the product. Rub your finger against your thumb to warm the foundation up. The warmth of your hands will help the foundation to melt seamlessly into your skin.

Step 8

Dab the foundation onto your nose, both cheeks, your forehead and chin. Massage the product into your skin using upward, circular motions until blended.

Step 9

Pick up more foundation with your index finger and gently pat it into areas that require more coverage, such as blemishes and dark circles. The patting motion will provide a more opaque layer of foundation that conceals instead of becoming sheer.